Frequently Asked Questions

Rare Species

“How many rare species are in Nevada?"
There are many different ways of defining rare species.

Designation Animals Plants
Federally endangered 27 2
Federally threatened 10 8
State endangered 23 24
State threatened 6  
State sensitive 28  
Species that live only in Nevada (endemic) 212 154
Species with fewer than 6 populations in Nevada (S1) 282 298
Species that have gone extinct in Nevada 19 1


"Which species are rare/endangered/protected in Nevada?"

Nevada’s rarest plants and animals are protected by both state and federal laws. Visit our Tracking List page to download lists of protected species.


"Who do I call if I think I have protected species on my land?"

You can Request Data from our database to see if there are existing records of rare species on your land. If you need help identifying a rare species, please email photos to so we can connect you with the right biologist to help you. If you have a known population of a rare species, email us at and we can connect you with a biologist or agency who can answer your questions.


"I think I found a rare species, can someone help me identify it?

Please send photos to and our staff will help identify it or refer you to a specialist. If you have a physical specimen, please email us at for help sending it to us or to a state natural history museum.


"I found a baby bird. What should I do?"

Baby birds can leave the nest when they're learning to fly. The parents are likely nearby and will continue to take care of them. If you find an orphaned bird on the ground it is best to leave it alone or move it to a safe place very close by if you think it is in danger. For more information visit the Lahontan Audubon Society or Nevada Department of Wildlife website. If you find an injured bird, contact a wildlife rehabilitator.


"I found a bat. What should I do?"

Bats can carry rabies. Do not touch or pick up a bat unless you are a wildlife professional and have your rabies vaccinations. If you think you or your pet have been bitten or scratched by a bat, contact your health care or veterinary provider immediately. Also contact the Nevada Department of Agriculture Animal Disease Lab before you attempt to pick up a bat, alive or dead. If a bat is roosting high off the ground, it likely will not pose any threat and will leave in the evening. For more information, visit the Nevada Department of Wildlife or Nevada Department of Agriculture website.


“How can I help look for ...?”

There are many opportunities to help document Nevada wild plants and animals. We recommend starting with the free app iNaturalist. You can use it to document sightings of any living thing, anywhere in the world. Many local organizations use it to collect observations during bioblitzes, gatherings of community members and scientists focused on documenting plants and animals within a specific area. Follow our NDNH Track List and NDNH Watch List projects for updates about local events.

Historic buildings & artifacts

"Can you tell me if my building is historical?"

For questions about historic buildings, please contact the State Historic Preservation Office.


"I found a Native American artifact, what should I do?"

For questions about artifacts, please contact the State Historic Preservation Office.